the key is, number one, look at past-winning essays and applications. people who won before, lots of scholarships post this online so you can see what works. and then number two, recycle and reuse what you've already done. so, once you've written one, little essay -- maybe it's something you did for class -- you can recycle it, and all of a sudden, you've already done half the work to apply for 10. so, it's a little work to get started, but if you're determined, this is possible, and it's fun. there's lots of cool contests. there's ones for doing a cool community-service project, a cool science project, a cool history project. they're fun things you can do extra credit for class, plus earn a scholarship. >> anything teens or parents should do when applying to increase their odds of winning? >> one huge one is, scholarship judges give money to people, not to résumés, so this means you want to include personal details, experiences, anecdotes, anything really unique to your life in your application. so, don't make it a laundry list of "i did this, i did this activity, i did this club."